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. senator hagel. later today i'm going to be talking to john brennan. can you give a brief assessment of the two gentle and the capability and the readiness to assume the positions? >> yes, certainly. obviously that's something that the committees now have the opportunity evaluate. but in my view, both of them are outstanding individuals that have a great deal of experience and capability to be able to perform in an outstanding fashion in each of their jobs. senator hagel is someone who, you know, served in the military, worked up here on the hill. understand the issues that are involve there had. i think can be a very effective leader at the pentagon. john brennan is somebody i worked with the at the director of cia and continued to work with in this capacity. i found him to be responsible about how we can effectively conduct operations again al qaeda and against those that would attack this country. he is -- as somebody said, a straight shooter. somebody who, you know, gives you his best opinion, he doesn't play games. he is somebody who i think, you know, can honestly represent the
brennan tomorrow afternoon. live coverage is on c-span at 2:30 p.m. eastern. members of the senate committee expected to ask about drone strikes on terrorist suspects. at the wilson center last april, he said drone strikes are -- and professionals and our relationship with with other nations and we must never comprise that u will not discuss the sense of details of any specific operation today. ly not nor will i publicly i did voling intelligence sources and methods. when it happens the national security is endangered and lives can be lost. at the same time, we reject the notion that any discussion of these matters is a step to a slippery slope that inevitably endangering our national security. too often that fear can become an excuse for saying nothing at all which creates a void then filled with myths and falsehoods. that in turn can erode our credibility with the american people and with foreign partners. and can undermine the publics' understanding and support of our efforts. in contrast, president obama believes that done carefully, dlintly, and responsibly, we can be more fra
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